Mackie said that Selma is having trouble at the box-office and didn’t fare well with Oscar votersbecause people are turned off by the film’s subject matter.
“People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now,” Mackie said. “So everybody is shying away from certain topics and certain movies.”
Selma earned $11.5 million over the MLK holiday weekend, which brings its total earnings to $29 million since its limited release on Christmas. According to Box Office Mojo, the film had a $20 million production budget.
Mackie believes that the Oscars aren’t being discriminatory but that they are simply rewarding the best the industry has to offer this year.
“If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances,” Mackie said. “Me specifically, if thats something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better.”
Mackie continued on by saying that African-American actors are disadvantaged when it comes to receiving more Oscar-worthy roles because “Hollywood believes that there’s no market overseas for black actors.”
“They say that about Denzel Washington, they say they have no foreign value,” the Captain Americastar said. “If we’re not financing and doing our own stories, we can’t expect to see ourselves come award season.”
Turning to the topic of recent nationwide protests against racial profiling, Mackie offered a unique perspective.
“Like my nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch The First 48with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks. So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?”
“Let’s just say you have locks and you walking down the street. The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody. You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself,” Mackie said.
Selma At the Box Office
First it was greeted by rave reviews that presumed (hoped?) that the picture would be a major Oscar contender, then it was dissected over claims of historical inaccuracy over its depiction of the relationship between Dr. King (David Oyelowo) and President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), and now it is unfortunately being discussed in relation to its almost complete-absence in the Oscar race save for Best Song and a slot among the eight Best Picture candidates. But some have argued that the film is in a box office “death spiral,” it is far-from-dead and has amassed $31.5 million thus far after eleven days of wide release.
Correction from the audio 31.5 million Accumulated By Selma
The first known examples of the hairstyle date back to ancient Egypt, where dreadlocks appeared on Egyptian artifacts. Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with dreadlocks have even been recovered from archaeological sites.
The Old Testament also recounts the tale of Samson and Delilah in which a man’s potency is directly linked to ‘the seven locks on his head’ and according to Roman accounts, the Celts were described to have ‘hair like snakes’ Germanic tribes, Greeks and the Vikings are all said to have worn dreadlocks too.
Rastafarianism however is something entirely separate. It was born in the 1930s when Ras Tafari was crowned emperor of Ethiopia. When the emperor was forced into exile during an invasion, guerrilla warriors swore not to cut their hair until the emperor was reinstated. The religion resonated with the ideologies of the day, for example socialism, Marxism, nationalism and black power. It was therefore, seen as a threat to Christianity and came under attack by the authorities that tried to suppress the ‘Rasta’ movement and imprisoned those who possessed ‘ganja’. Rastafarians smoked cannabis because they thought it prompted a clearer state of well – being. Their dreadlocks were thought to be disgusting and frightening, hence the term ‘dread’ which was later reclaimed by the ‘Rasta’ community.
In addition to ancient Somalia, Ethiopia and other countries within Africa.